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A model of client-related violence against female street sex workers.

Youngs, Donna E. and Ioannou, Maria (2013) A model of client-related violence against female street sex workers. Journal of Forensic Social Work, 3 (3). pp. 244-260. ISSN 1936-9298

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Although a plethora of studies provide evidence of the extent and severity of violence that street workers experience from clients, there is little consensus across the explanations that have been advanced to account for this. To explore this, the present study examines in detail the nature of the attacks suffered by 65 street-workers. A Multidimensional Scaling analysis, (Smallest Space Analysis (SSA-I)) of 17 violent behaviours derived from a content analysis of interviews with street-workers drew attention to three distinct forms of attack. These could be interpreted in terms of Canter's (1994) Victim Role modes that have been the basis for differentiating offending styles in other violent interpersonal offences. The three Victim as Object, Victim as Vehicle and Victim as Person modes identified are consistent with different theoretical explanations for the attacks, providing a framework for integrating the diverse aetiological perspectives on violence against street sex- workers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2013 13:49
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2016 18:55


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